Sunday, 7 October 2007

October 7th

On 7 October 1737, a natural disaster struck the city of Calcutta (modern-day Kolkata) in India. For a long time this was believed in Europe to have been the result of an earthquake, but it is now believed to have been a tropical cyclone. Thomas Joshua Moore, the duties collector for the British East India Company in Calcutta, wrote in his official report that a storm and flood had destroyed nearly all the thatched buildings and killed 3,000 of the city's inhabitants. Other reports from merchant ships indicated an earthquake and tidal surge (40 foot waves) were to blame, destroying 20,000 ships in the harbor and killing 300,000 people. It should be noted that the population of Calcutta at the time was around 20,000.

Although there seems to be little evidence for the popular figure of 300,000 deaths or for the existence of an earthquake at all, it is this number that shows up in popular literature. At the same time, the figure of 3000 is only an estimation of the number of deaths inside the city itself.

No matter how the world suffers people try to make a profit out of it either financially or personally... This world has always been the place for the survival of the fittest...

On October 7,2007, just 270 years after the waves claimed many lives, being aged 27 Im still flooded by feelings. Can't say I'm surviving or ruling the place i'm put up in. Life has always been a heaven for me no matter whether its the social world or the hell.

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